Dear Chamber Members,
The City of Baldwin City’s Finance Committee is discussing a 10 percent funding cut to the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce in its FY19 budget. This cut would negatively impact the work of the Chamber.
Thank you for your letters of support! They have been delivered to our City and we still need your advocacy.
Please attend and vocalize your support for the Chamber at the City Council & Budget Hearing meeting Tuesday, August 7, at 7:00 pm, Baldwin City Library.
The Chamber shares the City of Baldwin City’s goal to build a strong local economy to enhance the quality of life in Baldwin City. Locally owned businesses are among the best engines small towns have for advancing economic opportunity. The Chamber’s goal is to help businesses succeed by providing resources, promotion and networking opportunities and to promote Baldwin City as a vibrant place to live, work, and play.
Our focus is business and our vision is to be a catalyst for business prosperity.
In 2014, the City recognized the vital necessity of a Chamber full time director to deliver on its mission and entered into a partnership agreement with the Chamber to provide $31,000 for this position. Our strategic initiatives and monthly accomplishments are posted on our website, on the About the Chamber page, and are provided to the City Administrator, Mayor and City Council members.
Programs launching in 2018-2019 include:
- The Career and Youth Workforce Development Program
- Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
- Leadership Douglas County – NEW PROGRAM starting January of 2019
- Startup Douglas County–Building Entrepreneurs – LAUNCHING September 2018
- Young Professionals
- City Visioning completion
These initiatives are driven by Chamber staff collaborating with City staff and myriad other partnerships with local and regional entities.
I’ll be sharing more information about these programs in upcoming months.
Thriving small businesses create thriving communities and every day I am working for you.